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RedRocket wrote on May 10, 2017 at 3:26 am:
I'm back and here to stay! Some upsets, close games, and some blowouts to start it off Catholic beats NWG, LN beats AK in a nail biter, and Weddington blows out Marvin Ridge. I also have to add that Lil Lax was wrong on a lot of the predictions not trying to hate but to be real.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm:
Lil Lax! Welcome to the party. I think you make some great points in your predictions. Here are my predictions,

Broughton over Apex by 1. I think the Caps get it done, this will be the best game in my opinion.

Gibbons over Jordan by 10+

Middle Creek over Green Hope by 3+

Leesville upsets Hoggard by 1, each year in the second round there is usually a crazy upset, figured i'd guess this one.

Reynolds over Reagan by 4

Mount Tabor over SWG by 10

Lake Norman over Adrey Kell by 2

Game of the night: NWG over Catholic by 4
CLT Lax from Charlotte wrote on May 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm:
RE: local players - How about Natalie Wallon? Starting for #6 Syracuse as a Sophomore. Not too shabby. But maybe you were just talking about guys lacrosse...
X-LAX_Dad from Greensboro wrote on May 8, 2017 at 3:06 am:
Round 3 Predictions:

We are now seeing some better match-ups due to the top teams overcoming (as expected) the crazy playoff seeding. No worries, though, as the cream always rises to the top.

Apex over Broughton - I see this game as closer than most people would think - in the end I have to go with Apex by no more than 3.
CG over Jordan - CG will prevail by at least 8.
MC over Green Hope - Middle Creek's undefeated season continues for a little while longer.
Hoggard over L. Road - Too much "O" from Hoggard.
Lake Norman over Ardrey Kell - Lake Norman is playing better and stronger at the end of the season. See this as a 2 goal win for the Cats.
RJ Reynolds over Reagan - Close contest - see this as a 2-4 goal game.
Mount Tabor/EF over SW Guilford - Mt. Tabor has the "1" seed and will get this round victory but will not prevail at the next round.
NW Guilford over Charlotte Catholic - 2 perennial contenders with quality programs over the years. See this as a 3-4 goal win for NWG but should be a great contest for the fans.
Lil Lax wrote on May 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm:
3rd Round Predictions

Apex over Broughton- by 1, Broughton has had a pretty easy schedule, I like Apex in this one

Cardinal Gibbons over Jordan- by alot, this one is really no contest, no shade to Jordan but CG is loaded.

Middle Creek over Green Hope- by 1, hard to beat a team three times in a season so GH will make it close

Hoggard over Leesville Road- by 4 or 5, Hoggards offense with overwhelm LRs D

Ardrey Kell over Lake Norman- by 5, don't think LN has the defense to play with AK... upset

R.J. Reynolds over Reagan- by 7 or 8, reagan coming of a big win over Page that's the peak of their season I like Reynolds in this one

East Forsyth/ Mount Tabor over Southwest Guilford- by 10, the winner of Forsyth and Mount Tabor with overpower SWG. I also feel Mount tabor will beat forsyth

Northwest Guilford over Charlotte Catholic- by 9 or 10, NWG will play too fast and will be too strong, there offense is too good and they play great team defense.

Round 4 Matchups
Apex vs CG
MC vs Hoggard
AK vs RJ Reynolds
MT vs NWG
wrote on May 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm:
Marvin Ridge Grad Jonah Moore @ Furman
3 year starter, leading Furman in points for the third year with 12 G / 22 A. Jonah ranked #6 in total points in SoCon and #3 in total assists in SoCon. 85 total points in 39 career games.

Weddington Grad Stephen Wierzbicki @ Furman
Finished his senior year strong with 17G / 10 A.

Furman went 6-1 in SoCon this year and shared the conference championship with Richmond and Air Force.
Predictions wrote on May 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm:
Broughton narrowly defeats Apex, however I think this will be the best game.
Gibbons destroys Jordan/ New Bern
Middle Creek beats Green Hope handily
Hoggard rolls past Leesville
NCLaxFan wrote on May 6, 2017 at 11:54 am:
Green Hope 12 - New Hanover 7. Green Hope jumped up 4-0 and didn't let it get closer to 3. GH played with intensity but had lots of turnovers and didn't take advantage of numerous man-ups. New Hanover is a solid team especially on defense, so it was disappointing to see them resort to cheap shots and "extra-curricular" activity. Aidan Callahan led GH with 6 goals, frosh LSM Ryan Cammarata controlled the middle of the field, and the GH def clamped down in the second half. GH moves on to play #1 Middle Creek. MC was dominant in their previous two encounters.
wrote on May 6, 2017 at 11:45 am:
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its annual board of directors meeting on Wednesday. Of the multiple decisions on the docket, here were the biggest changes made that will go in affect for the 2017-18 athletic season.

NEW PLAYOFFS, BRACKETING, QUALIFICATION AND SEEDING PROCEDURE.........

3. Playoff system for wrestling, tennis and lacrosse will go back to pre-determined brackets.
4A Playoffs wrote on May 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm:
The 4A playoff seedings are a "joke" for the following reasons:

Teams are seeded within categories by record which gives an incentive for teams to play an easier schedule. The result is that a team like Cardinal Gibbons didn't lose in NC but has only a 5 seed in the East because they challenged themselves with a very difficult schedule. Does anyone really believe Hoggard or New Bern deserve to be seeded higher than Gibbons?

In the West, Watuaga and Porter Ridge got automatic bids and high seeds as conference champions because they were the only 4a teams in their respective conferences. Perhaps there is a logic for rewarding 3a teams for playing in mostly 4a conferences but rewarding 4a teams for playing with smaller schools is ridiculous. The result of giving those schools higher seeds is some very good teams getting low seeds.

Putting aside changes that need to be made to the system, the NCHSAA doesn't even follow their own procedures. The poster below questioned why Lake Norman (number 1 seed in the West) plays Myers Park and potentially Ardrey Kell (both in the top 10 in the state in Laxpower rankings) in its first two games. The short answer is that the NCHSAA for whatever reason didn't use Myers Park's correct record to set the seedings resulting in a lower seed for Myers Park and a tougher match up for Lake Norman.

In summary, the playoff seedings are flawed both by design and poor implementation.
We Talkin Playoffs?! wrote on May 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm:
For those questioning the seeds, take a look at the video on the NCHSAA website that describes the seeding process. In general, the seeding process is driven by the teams' overall records and NOT conference records, strength of schedule, RPI, in-state games only, etc. Conference records and MaxPrep rankings can come into play if a tie-breaker is necessary between teams with the same overall record. But otherwise it's purely the overall record without considering how that record was generated. In some cases, this means that a team that played a more difficult schedule a lost a few games as a result end up with a worse seed than a team that won more games while playing a much easier schedule. With this method of seeding, it appears that NCHSAA doesn't want to be in the business of subjectively evaluating the actual quality of each team like, for example, the NCAA basketball tournament seeding process. They probably just don't the time and resources to do that given the short turnaround between the end of the regular season/conference playoffs and the beginning of the state playoffs.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm:
Not a great opening round for me only going 6-8. I hope for better luck tonight and beyond.

Apex over Wakefield by 3+ . Wakefield has the talent to pull the upset, but I think Apex will get the job done.
Broughton over Jack Britt by 8+
Gibbons destroys Panther Creek by 10+
Middle Creek beats Holly Springs by 6+
Hoggard over Athens by 4+
Green Hope over New Hanover by 4+
Best Matchup: Leesville over Heritage by 1+
Jordan over New Bern by 2+

Western Side
Ardrey Kell over Grimsley by 8
Catholic over Butler by 6
Page over Reagan by 4
Mount Tabor over E. Forsyth by 4
Northwest Guilford over Hough by 8
Reynolds over Porter Ridge by 3
Southwest Guilford over Watauga by 3
GAME of the night: Lake Norman over Myers Park by 2
wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm:
Cardinal Gibbons Grad & THLC player
Gannon Morrison @ Marist
2017: All-MAAC First Team... Notched his 100th career point in his 40th game when Marist played UMBC on March 11.
THLC and HPU Fan wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm:
Broughton Grad - Mitch Snyder @ High Point
2017: Placed seventh on the team with 13 points and 10 goals while dishing out three assists ... Finished the season on a tear scoring six goals in the final three games of the season ... Played in all 14 games making four starts ... Appeared in the Purple & White for the first time in the season opener at Duke on Feb. 10 ... Recorded his first career hat trick in the win over Jacksonville on April 22.

Leesville Grad - Davis Sampere @ High Point
2017: Played in 10 games with two starts for the Panthers ... Went 17-of-46 (.370) at the face-off 'X' while picking up 13 ground balls on the year ... Made his debut in the Purple & White winning five face-offs and picking up six ground balls against Georgetown (2/14) ... Went 5-of-9 against Jacksonville on April 22 while picking up two ground balls.
Heritage pulls defeat out of the jaws of victory... wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:40 am:
Heritage plays 3 great quarters but then plays not to lose instead of playing to win. Leesville pulls out a win after being outplayed most of the game.

Heritage out hustled and out excecuted LR until early in the 4th Q and then like so many teams before them in all sports, they went into defense mode instead of staying on the attack and ending up losing.

Good game to watch, not a great game, but a good game.
james from charlotte wrote on May 5, 2017 at 12:13 am:
Cory Vaginhoven (Butler) has had a nice freshman year for Stoneybrook D1 including 7 goals against Brown. Tate Boyce (team Carolina/MacCallie/Matthews) was GK of the year in the Big East for Providence College.
That's all I know about local Charlotte kids doing well in D1, can't say most of the local kids who have gone on to D1 have found great success on the playing field.

Hope people can add some names to the list.....
wrote on May 5, 2017 at 12:03 am:
Michael O'Brien (Catholic) had a terrific year for Mercer earning SOCON All-Freshman team and All-Conference.
Bracket from charlotte wrote on May 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm:
The 4A lacrosse brackets are a joke.
Most of the higher seeded teams won last night? That shouldn't happen.
How is CG a 5 seed, when they went 6-0 in their conference?
wrote on May 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm:
Typo Myers park won 20-2
Myers Park Upset? wrote on May 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm:
Was Myers Park really upset by Southeast Guilford last night? The score on Max Preps is showing a 20-2 victory, which was expected but in favor of MP.
wrote on May 4, 2017 at 6:39 am:
Any local players make a big impact in division 1 this year? It looks most of the local players are tearing it up in division 2 and 3, but I've yet to hear anything about a local player making a splash in division 1.
wrote on May 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm:
MC has nothing to loose. They are Not expected to win. Gibbons however, is. Loosing their last 3 in a row has to have them feeling the pressure. It gets harder and harder to tote that legacy year after year.
Queen City Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on May 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm:
On the girls side, how did Cardinal Gibbons end up as a 3 seed? Only 2 losses were against nationally-ranked opponents. 1 and 2 seed in the East didn't play anyone outside of NC (and Broughton lost to the 5 seed from the West). Seems like playing a challenging regular season is not rewarded.
wrote on May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm:
I don't think Middle Creek will pose a threat to Gibbons. The 2 teams that might put up a good fight are NWG and Lake Norman. Both are battle tested and solid teams, MC just hasn't been tested with competition yet.
Panther Creek over Millbrook wrote on May 3, 2017 at 2:09 am:
Not a very well played game, lots of unforced turnovers by both teams. PC was just a little better in the polished skill department and Millbrook was throwing the ball at the GK rather than shooting most of the time. When they shot, M'brk scored; when they threw the ball, the PC GK made easy saves.

10-9 at half in favor of PC; 5-0 PC second half and that was the story.

I think that it will likely be a running clock early in the second half at Gibbons on Friday unless Gibbons just takes the air out of the ball.